v5.0: The littlest biggest increment Blog Feed - Wed, 03/14/2018 - 00:36

During this coming April, you may notice something peculiar on the download page -- instead of 4.7.32, you'll see a jump up to 5.0.0. Does this mean that CiviCRM is finally implementing a personal voice-assistant to take-down Amazon Echo? Nope. Maybe it means open-season on changes, granting a general license to break backward-compatibility? Nope. 5.0 is boring. It's basically the same thing as 4.7. It's just a big number with a little change.

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Prototype of form-processor and action-provider extension Blog Feed - Tue, 03/13/2018 - 15:38

I have finished a working prototype of the form-processor and action-provider extension. See my previous blog post for where the idea came from.

Below I will explain what you can do with this extension. Lets assume we have an external website where students can signup to volunteer in a summer program. When a student has signed up we want this data to be present in CiviCRM and the student added to the group student volunteers.

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CiviCRM 4.7.31 and 4.6.36 release Blog Feed - Thu, 03/08/2018 - 18:22
Greetings, CiviCRM community!   We are glad to announce the March CiviCRM release is now ready to download.  RELEASE NOTES: Big thanks to Andrew Hunt from AGH Strategies for putting up together release notes for this version.  The release notes for 4.7.31 can be accessed here.   SPECIAL THANKS:
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Contact Management on-line training - March 7th at 1 pm MT Blog Feed - Mon, 03/05/2018 - 18:50

Cividesk is offering our new user class on the Fundamentals of Contact Management this Wednesday, March 7th from 1 - 3 pm MT (3 - 5 pm ET).  Click here for more information and to register. Class size is kept small to allow for questions, and classes do fill up, so we recommend registering soon!

This is an excellent introduction to contact management for those who are new to CiviCRM or require more formal instruction.

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New CiviCRM Extension - Collapse Comms and Demographics Blog Feed - Fri, 03/02/2018 - 11:13

On many occasions, clients have mentioned that the contact summary screen loses a lot of prime space to the communication preferences and demographics sections.

“Is there no way to collapse them by default like you can with custom data? They are rarely used but are needed”

They’re aware that demographics and communication preferences can be removed via the UI (/civicrm/admin/setting/preferences/display?reset=1)

This is a simple extension that collapses both the communication preferences and demographics sections by default on the summary page.

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Fundamentals of Membership Management - Training session on Friday, March 2nd Blog Feed - Mon, 02/26/2018 - 17:44

This two hour on-line training on Friday, March 2nd (9 am PT/ 10 am MT/ 11 am CT/ 12 pm ET) taught by Cividesk is perfect for new users of CiviCRM who would like to learn all the basics of CiviMember.  

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User Guide documentation sprint to happen remotely, March 22nd/23rd/24th Blog Feed - Tue, 02/20/2018 - 22:35

The Documentation Working Group is planning a remote sprint to improve content in the User Guide. Everyone is invited to participate! Experience editing our docs will be helpful but not required.

Sign up to join this sprint

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CiviCamps in the UK, 2018! Blog Feed - Mon, 02/19/2018 - 11:47


This year we will have two CiviCamps in the UK to choose from!

  • May 15th in London

  • October 5th in Manchester

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"Customize your Database with Custom Fields and Profiles" on-line training - Feb. 22nd Blog Feed - Thu, 02/15/2018 - 23:39

Cividesk has created an on-line training session to guide you through the basics of creating custom fields and to show you how to use profiles to gather custom data from contacts through the creation of an on-line form. When you leave this class, you'll be able to customize CiviCRM to gather and store data that is unique to your organization, as well as better understand the various uses of profiles in CiviCRM.

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Outlook 365 CiviCRM Plugin - Looking for funding Blog Feed - Thu, 02/15/2018 - 09:03

Last month I made a proposal for a client to integrate CiviCRM with Outlook 365. This proposal was rejected because the client did not go for an e-mail migration to Outlook 365. So the need for this plugin was gone.

The plan was that this integration would do the following:

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CiviNYC 2018 Kickoff at Columbia University Blog Feed - Wed, 02/14/2018 - 18:28

After many many many months, we had another CiviNYC day last week at Columbia University, thanks to Bashar Makhay (@themak) of the Office of Government and Community Affairs.

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My experencies at the Sprint: Form Processor and Action Provider extension Blog Feed - Mon, 02/12/2018 - 13:03

Last week we had a Sprint in the wonderful city of Brussels. This blog post is a recap of what I have been up to.

Form Processor

I started the sprint to work on a new extension the form processor.  This idea came to my mind as I had a few clients at which I had to develop a custom api for data coming from their website (in those cases CiviCRM was separated from the website). And my idea was that I wanted to give system administrator and implementers a tool in which they could create those kind of API by themselves. So the form processor was born.

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CiviCRM Pivot Report Blog Feed - Fri, 02/09/2018 - 17:56

Aloha, everyone! As you all know, CiviCRM is shipped with a lot of useful report templates for each CiviCRM entities. You can use these templates to create difference report instances to interrogate your data.

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Using and improving the Documents extension (a Drupal extension by CiviCoop) Blog Feed - Fri, 02/09/2018 - 04:26

CiviCoop have produced a wonderful extension, Documenten, which provides some great new features for adding attachments to Case Activities and storing them in a user-friendly way (a Documents tab on the Contact record), as well as the ability to update files with newer versions of the file. Some of the extensions features were only functioning when Cases and Activities were being created through the Webform CiviCRM feature.

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Improvements to inbound emails to Cases in 4.7.30 Blog Feed - Fri, 02/09/2018 - 04:00

MEAA are a union organisation in Australia with a very wide brief including both union activism and membership drives, as well as legal services to its members.

They use Cases extensively and we were keen to deliver some improvements to 'inbound email' so that they could include the case id in the subject, and have the email added to the relevant case.

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Controlling which Activities have Notifications sent to the Assignee Blog Feed - Fri, 02/09/2018 - 03:25

We have recenting been working with MEAA to build new functionality in to their CiviCRM in order to build their capabilities.

One of the requirements that arose was to be able to set some Activity Types to send notifications to the Assignee without triggering them for all Activity Types.

This feature was accepted by core and is now available in 4.7.30 release.

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CiviCRM 4.7.30 and 4.6.35 release Blog Feed - Thu, 02/08/2018 - 18:30
Greetings, CiviCRM community!   First CiviCRM release this year is now ready to download.  RELEASE NOTES: Big thanks to Andrew Hunt from AGH Strategies for putting up together release notes for this version.  The release notes for 4.7.30 can be accessed  here.   SPECIAL THANKS:
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CiviCamp Denver - Back in the Mile High City for 2018 Blog Feed - Thu, 02/08/2018 - 00:53
CiviCRM is back in Denver for a Mile-High CiviCamp brought to you by CiviCRM partner, Cividesk. This casual, locally organized one-day event is intended for evaluating, new and current users of CiviCRM.   Attend the morning sessions to learn about what CiviCRM can do for your organization, take part in the afternoon sessions to hone your CiviCRM skills or attend the "Ask an Expert" session for answers to all your questions.   
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Fosdem, CiviCamp Brussels and the sprint make a great mix! Blog Feed - Wed, 02/07/2018 - 20:21

Just arrived back home after spending a few days with the CiviCRM community in Brussels. And as always I really enjoyed myself and returned inspired and full of inspiration.

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GDPR and CiviCRM Blog Feed - Sun, 02/04/2018 - 23:24

Our new extension aims to enable charities/organisations to manage their supporters in a GDPR compliant manner. GDPR in itself does not introduce many new requirements however it does introduce a number of new obligations on organisations that hold and use data about individuals.

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